Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance

A project of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network

In partnership with INC and C40

CNCA Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning

A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. 

In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon Reduction Planning Framework that provides a template for cities to use in developing their own plans, and identifies specific strategic challenges that cities continue to face in making further progress on carbon reduction. Based on the carbon neutrality plans developed by CNCA cities, the Planning Framework focuses exclusively on long-term and deep reductions, which require transformative rather than incremental approaches.

We also developed a companion Outline of the contents of a state-of-the-art "80x50" plan for reducing community wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 ("80x50").

Released December 2015

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